Support for Victims of Sexual Violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo
In the eastern region of the Democratic Republic of Congo, recurring wars and insecurity between several African countries and armed militia groups have made women and children extremely vulnerable to sexual violence. Rape is used as weapon of war by the Congolese army and militia groups, but there has also been an increasing number of civilian men committing these crimes against women. Through these Hopeful Gifts, you can help care for these women.
IMPRESSIONS FROM THE FIELD
LIGHT THROUGH DARKNESS
Ani (name has been changed) didn’t think life could get worse after being sexually assaulted, but she was wrong. Soon after, her husband abandoned her and their five children and two of her kids fell ill to malnutrition. She is only in her early 30s, but she has already experienced so much hardship in life. Traumatized from the rape and living in extreme poverty with no means to support her family, she was in despair.
Due to the support she and others in the
Democratic Republic of Congo received from their local church, which includes trauma healing, psychosocial services, medical assistance and capacity building, she has become more confident, regained hope and is able to provide for her family by selling charcoal, tomatoes, vegetable oil and condiments. The two children who are ill are slowly recovering and she has also started to heal with psychosocial counselling.